Just about all aspects of the similarities between Vietnam and Dubya's military adventures have been delineated by bloggers, perhaps it has even gone to the ad nauseam level. There is one thing that hasn't been discussed: where the hell is the memorable music to go along with it?
What song was no. 1 the week the World Trade Center disappeared in a cloud of dust? Can anyone think of Vietnam and not think of the smorgasbord of music that was exploding in America's cultural scene at the same time?
So, tell me, will future movie makers punctuate their stories of the Bush Wars with the sounds of . . . Mondana? Hellfire, only the artists who wrote protest songs during Vietnam are writing (as far as this columnist can tell) any dissenting material for the new millennium.
In the San Francisco area, where are the top 10 music stations? All you can hear is Uncle Rushbo and Foxettes singing the praises of Dubya's obsession with WMDs and bringing democracy to the Middle East (except for Kuwait which was returned to the ruling royal family).
Where has top-10 radio gone? Yeah, there's a new oldies station, but what do they play? Vietnam era rock and roll?
Who dominates the live concert scene? Geez, doesn't that honor go to the greatest rock and roll band in the world, and doesn't one of their songs just happen to be an integral part of the Apocalypse Now soundtrack? Is there any contemporary "music" that will still be relevant forty years from now? You really think Fiddy Scent will be used to summon any future nostalgia for the Bush years? Will he, perhaps, slide in complete obscurity like Russ Columbo or Arthur Tracy, the street singer, have?
Didn't World War II also have its distinctive music? Ask a Brit about "Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "Bless "em All." Ask a G. I. about the "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B." "Lilly Marlene" will bring back memories for both the German and American soldiers who fought in the European theater. Depending on which side you were on,, it might make a difference which version you heard. She had hits with the one song in both German and English versions.